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Re: MathematicaTeX

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  • Subject: [mg36622] Re: MathematicaTeX
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <slhollis at>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 23:33:30 -0400 (EDT)
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Jens-Peer Kuska wrote:
> Hi,
> you mean the inverse of TeXForm[] ?
> For what ? A TeXpert && Mathematica guru && MathLink expert
> has a TeX frontend, that translate a TeXNotebook
> (that is a TeX file with some Mathematica Input/Output 
> environments) and send the input cells to a kernel
> and insert the output into the final TeX file ...

Congratulations to you if you can do that and if you're happy with it. 
I'd prefer life to be a bit simpler. The point is that many users of 
Mathematica already have sufficient knowledge of TeX/LaTeX to typeset 
very complicated mathematics and get excellent results with little or no 
grief. To achieve even close to the same quality with Mathematica alone 
can require ten times the effort and a hundred times the grief.


> The most of the remaining work like creating hyperlinks
> to references and figures is done my LaTeX and pdfLaTeX,
> with help of CTAN and some macros one generate almost every
> layout *and* I have more than 20 books about TeX/LaTeX 
> (including Don Knuths excelent manuals) but I have not
> a single book about the Mathematica Frontend.
> The way is not to teach TeX to the frontend, the way is
> to teach TeX a bit Mathematica.
> And a TeXpert will never switch from his beloved TeX
> to the Frontend and it's typesetting -- that's why
> he is a TeXpert.
> Regards
>   Jens
> Selwyn Hollis wrote:
>>Recent threads about word processing and typesetting have got me
>>dreaming again...
>>Wouldn't it be nice if someone developed a package that provided a
>>function like this:
>>   DisplayTeX[ " some TeX code " ]
>>which would cause the kernel to generate PostScript for the typeset
>>text, to be displayed by the front end?
>>I doubt that WRI will ever consider this, but surely there's someone out
>>there who's both a TeXpert and a Mathematica guru who can do it. No
>>doubt there's money to be made.
>>Probably just a pipe dream...
>>Selwyn Hollis

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